Indian state renamed Dragon Fruit to avoid ties with China


“The government of Gujarat has decided … the term dragon fruit is not appropriate, and is associated with China. The shape of the fruit is like a lotus, and so we have given it a new Sanskrit name, Kamalam. Something about it Neither is political., “Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told the media on Tuesday.

Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kamal, or Kamal as it is called in Hindi, is a symbol of Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rupani, who hails from the BJP in the state, said that the spicy fruit will be known as Kamalam in the state.

The development comes a few months later when Modi praised farmers in a radio program for cultivating dragon fruit in the arid region of Kutch, Gujarat.

BJP MP from Kutch Vinod Chavda told Reuters, “After that the farmers approached me and suggested renaming the dragon fruit to Kamalam.” “I am pleased that the state has accepted the offer.”

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Kutch alone has more than 200 farmers, who are growing dragon fruit on 1,500 acres, said Haresh Thakkar, a farmer in the region.

Thakkar, who has been growing dragon fruit for five years, said, “The Indian name of the fruit will bring more joy to us. We think the acceptance level of the fruit will also increase, if it is seen as Indian fruit.”

The fruit is also grown in the neighboring state of Maharashtra and northeast India. There was no indication that the local governments there were planning any name change.

The opposition Congress made a change of name.

Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Joshi said, “The government has nothing to show as achievements, and is trying to divert attention from the real issues.”

India and China are currently locked in a military standoff along their contested Himalayan border, following a bloody clash between soldiers of 20 Indian soldiers killed in June last year. New Delhi has reacted with a ban on Chinese-made apps and curbing imports, stalling de-escalation talks.

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